The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 136

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Ian Walker of Northern Briars. Ian makes the Northern Briar Pipes in his small shop in Stockport England. The business was started by his grandfather, George Walker in 1958. In the “Pipe Parts” segment, Brian will talk about some quite interesting tobacco history from the La Palina cigar family / brand, which relates to radio as well as tobacco. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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6 Responses

  • HI Brian,
    Interesting what you come up with Brian, Keep learning.
    Ian Walker and Northern Briars are names with which I am well familiar having many of his pipes in my collection. I have several custom pipes made to mine or others designs that are phenomenal. He is just a great person and a fine master pipe maker. He makes pipes to be smoked. His pipes are well engineered and well made and reasonably priced. He is a pleasure to talk with at a pipe show. I am smoking one of his pipes as I listen to the podcast. His ELX pipes are large and we here in the Pittsburgh Club like his Magnum sized pipes and his Rox cut rustication. Good interview.
    Hey Brian, nice of you to use a photo with the Pipe Tart photo bombing it.
    Music – I saw that you had attended the Dom Flemmons concert. Your daughter must have had a great time.
    Rant – I think we all get tired of the travel when working. It is goes with the job. But then again, some travel is better than other.
    Great show, see you in a week and a half.

  • Another great show Brian, good luck at Disneyland. I run a youth club and I know what it’s like traveling with a bunch of teenagers, traveling with my cadets can be stressful, you might need to smoke your new (old) pipe and maybe an adult beverage at the end of it. I’ve got an 0400 check in for my flight to Chicago next Monday so my sympathy for your early morning too.
    A great interview with Ian, I’ve seen Northern Briar pipes online but haven’t seen one up close yet although they are on my wish list.
    Rant, traveling isn’t fun, especially now a days but sometimes it’s worth the destination. Hopefully I’ll get a change to meet you in Chicago. Keep up the good work.

  • Brain
    Once again a great show. When I went to the United Kingdom for work I had to take a train from Birmingham to Colchester (4hour trip). I was amazed at the canal system. It must be great to live and work on a boat. I agree on the questions about traveling for work. I use to travel doing training and User Conferences for a company that I worked for. I have been in 35 of the 50 states. All I saw was Airports, Hotels, and Printing plants. No one talks about Nebraska in February (-20 without the wind chill factor).

  • So I tried to “sit back,relax and fire up a bowl” and I almost got fired. Thanks Brian

  • Brian,
    I love hearing about the history of tobacco and pipes in particular. I am fascinated with the old tobacco brands. To think that CBS came from cigar origins is something that CBS probably leaves out of their history.
    A great interview with Ian. I have seen his pipes but have never pulled the trigger on one. That will have to change soon. I find it intriguing that he lives and works on his boat. Awesome.
    I absolutely loved the music choice. I will have to add it to my library.
    Safe travels, happy smokes.

  • Loved the Pipe Parts segment. Really like these history pieces. Some people just have a knack for recognizing where money can be made and aren’t afraid of the risks.
    Not very familiar with Ian’s pipes. They look to be well made and well thought of. He seems to be a delightful person. I can’t imagine living on a barge. It would be like living in a narrow tunnel.
    I like Dom Flemons & the Carolina Chocolate Drops but didn’t care for that number. Really liked the different ending music though.
    Repetitive questions are a pain in the butt. I wish people would quit asking me a bout all the super models I am dating.

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